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Mike B. Mike Brennan www.RateMyArea.com

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  • Member since: 30 Jun 2008
  • Reviews: 445
  • First reviews: 283
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  • Places added: 2054

Mike B. has written 445 reviews

First weekend open and this place is jammers - great atmosphere and of course decent wine - a nice change from my usual pint of Guinness down the road!

Keywords: wine bar, popular, fun
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Funky café serving decent coffee and breakfast/lunchtime grub, the bagels are tasty and the vegetable soup is excellent. There's also a small seating area outside.

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Another chain but better coffee than some of the other chains... perhaps it is more about the coffee than the "coffee experience" - not naming names!

Keywords: coffee, snacks
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Pastries, breads, cakes... what's not there to like about this place... the lights are too bright?!

Keywords: pastries, breads, cakes, coffee
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Fantastic new pub, great to see a pub open on super pub row with a more traditional decor and feel. I can't wait to try the food menu which is served upstairs and seems to be mainly traditional Irish fayre.

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Another decent lunch spot for Merrion Row. While a little less sophisticated than the gastronomical experience that is Etto up the road, KC Peaches offers an affordable and healthy lunch option with a decent amount of seating for those busier times.

Keywords: healthy, affrodable, coffee, cafe
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Looking for a proper fry up, look no further - this place is a proper caf!

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Great coffee and tasty bites can be found here... never thought I would enjoy waiting for a Luas!

Keywords: luas, coffee, snacks, newspapers
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For a caffeine fix in cool surroundings with the great taste of 3fe "has bean" coffee - Kaph fits the bill!

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Interesting store and full of great gift ideas. That said, not cheap.

Keywords: gifts, crafts
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4.0 on 03 December 2013
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Decent, well stocked pharmacy with friendly staff, would be 5 stars if they extended their opening hours.

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If you're looking for an old wine table, a Guinness Toucan or something else along those lines, this is the place to go - the elderly man who served me (who I presume was Mr Brooks himself!) was helpful and friendly. While he didn't have exactly what I was looking for, he took my number and said he'd call if he came across one. Glad I ventured in as there are some real bargains to be found here.

Keywords: antiques, gifts
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Looking for interesting and unique gifts, this is not a bad place to start. That said, you do pay a little bit more.

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Want to go on a whistle stop architectural tour of Berlin and New York? Then visit Drury Buildings - great cocktails and tasty charcuterie served in seriously cool surrounds.

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Decent coffee and decent sandwich can be found here, Joe's Coffee uses the 3fe hasbean coffe. That said, I find the Java Republic blend better in it's sister cafe itsa... - it's just not such an acquired taste!

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You might think book shops are a dying breed but when you see specialised book shops like this popping up you realise that local book shops have just evolved. The owner, Allan Gregory, is passionate about books so if there's a title you've been searching for this is a good place to start.

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Not the first place that pops into your head but this is a really great restaurant. It's especially good if you're there with a group of friends as there's plenty of plates from the grill to share and the atmosphere at the weekends is always good. There's also some decent pubs nearby in case you want to grab a drink before or after.

Keywords: meat, grill, groups
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Great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch (or all of the above!) - they serve up a decent fry with a nice cup of illy coffee to wash it down. The chicken ciabatta sandwich and burger are also very good. If you have kids with you this place is very kid friendly. It's also open for dinner but haven't gone there for dinner yet.

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Honest to Goodness does the basics right - sandwiches based around fresh quality ingredients & great bread. Decent enough coffee too.

Keywords: sandwiches, lunch, coffee, tea
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Great coffee and bagels can be found here. I was always a fan of the bagels in itsa bagel in Dun Laoghaire but thought the coffee was very run of the mill and only okay-ish. Now, they seem to have a new Cafe Java blend which is excellent, definitely worth a try! My favourite coffee spot at the moment.

Keywords: coffee, bagels, handy, wifi
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